First off, allow me introduce myself. My name is Eric Lindsey and I’m the new editor of CoachCal.com.
Like one of those people who awkwardly stumbles into a conversation and stands around with a group without introducing himself, that’s kind of what I’ve done the first week on the job at CoachCal.com. I’ve written a handful of stories and shown you my face, but chances are a lot of you have no clue who I am, where I came from or what in the world happened to David Scott, the previous editor.
So for those who know me, skip ahead a few paragraphs. For those who don’t, let me get you up to speed.
I took this job last week after two and a half years with the UK Athletics department. At UK, I served as the assistant director of new media, a fancy name for an in-house reporter for UKathletics.com and “Cat Scratches,” the official blog of UK Athletics. Before my time at Kentucky, I served stints at The Lexington Herald-Leader as a reporter and The Kentucky Kernel as a managing editor and sports editor.
My time at UK was blessed. I was fortunate to forge a lot of relationships, grow and develop, and help push UK Athletics’ mission to integrate new media into its daily operation. The decision to leave there was a tough one. I had come to love the place and I was very comfortable with what I was doing.
But opportunities like the chance to write for and manage CoachCal.com only come once or twice in a lifetime. When Scott left his position for a job at ESPN, there were was no way I could pass up such an opportunity.
I accepted the position with a goal to be a one-stop shop for Coach Cal and Kentucky basketball. When you sit down in the morning for your cup of Joe and start clicking through your daily reads, we want to be one of your first visits.
To do that, I understand there has to be a reason to come here. Asking you to stop at a site that features infrequent content is unreasonable and pointless. That brings me to my mission.
As editor of CoachCal.com, and with the help of our partners at Web Medley, we plan to cover Coach Cal and the Kentucky basketball team like a beat while providing you with unprecedented, exclusive content you’ll get nowhere else. That means more behind-the-scenes videos from our friends at WebMedley, more access to the players, weekly and sometimes daily messages and features from Coach, and more, all while getting the daily coverage of features and game coverage that you’d find at other premium websites.
When Coach Cal started his website at Kentucky, he wanted it to be “the website to end all websites.” Unlikely as it may be that we’ll put a monopoly on the innovation of websites, Coach Cal’s ambitions were in the right place when he made that statement two years ago, and that remains the stars we’re reaching for here at CoachCal.com.
To get there, we’ll be making some adjustments to the website over the next few weeks. The website will maintain its overall look and feel, but there will be some aesthetic changes made here and there along with some backend additions.
We thought about temporarily shutting the website down while we made the necessary changes to adjust to our goals, but that would be a disservice to you. In the meantime, while we get our ducks in order and generate the big ideas we have, we’ll do our best to provide frequent updates with the latest news and features as we work our way to a daily, content-loaded website.
In a few weeks, we hope you’ll take notice of the necessary adjustments we’ve made and make CoachCal.com a daily stop. By the time it’s basketball season, we plan on dishing out content like Marquis Teague on a fast break (which you’ll probably see here first!).
That’s the vision and what we’re about, but getting to know someone takes time. Now that we’ve gotten the awkward introduction out of the way, come back and get to know us more at CoachCal.com.